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Kimchi: Ecosystems and Microbes

Students will learn about ecosystems, microbes, and fermentation by making a traditional Korean food, kimchi.






2-3 class periods

active lab time:




- Learn how microbes help make kimchi.
- Describe what environment microbes need to ferment and live in kimchi.
- Identify and explain evidence of healthy fermentation.

science concepts:

microbes, fermentation, cycling of matter, ecosystems

essential questions:

- How do microbes make kimchi?
- How does the cabbage in kimchi transform over time due to fermentation?
- What type of environment is needed to help microbes make kimchi?

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